COMPOSITES Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM), a subsidiary of DRB-Hicom Bhd, has designated one of its facilities as a Covid-19 vaccination centre.
Building 6 at the industrial complex in Batu Berendam, Melaka, which began operating on June 16, can accommodate up to 800 vaccine recipients a day.
CTRM chief executive officer Shamsuddin Mohamed Yusof said inspections by officers from state health department and National Security Council (NSC) found the building suitable for use as a vaccination centre.
“Since the launch of the national immunisation programme, we at CTRM have been discussing ways to help expedite the effort.
“We communicated our intention to offer our venue for vaccination purposes to the state health department and it piqued their interest,” he said.
Shamsuddin said the new centre would operate throughout the year, from 8am to 5pm daily, to cater to local communities.
He hoped the initiative would increase awareness among the public of the importance of vaccination and achieving herd immunity.
“High rates of vaccination are crucial in order to restore normalcy to our life,” he said, adding that industries too, needed to play their role.
Asked if CTRM was interested participating in the Public-Private Partnership Industrial Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (Pikas), Shamsuddin said the company had been in constant communication with state national security council and district health office and that "the consideration will always be there".
“We have about 2,200 employees, who are all registered for vaccination.
“This shows that they are highly aware of its importance.
“It is important for our workers to be vaccinated to ensure a safe working environment,” he said, adding that CTRM had taken various measures to curb coronavirus transmission at its premises including conducting swab tests.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched Pikas, a voluntary immunisation programme for manufacturing sector employees, on June 16.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, on June 14, reminded employers to bear the vaccination costs, which was RM90 per worker.
The vaccines were free but companies had to absorb the service cost by the facility.
Under the programme, companies can vaccinate their workers at selected centres or opt for on-site venues.